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Neighbourhood wardens to be eyes and ears of council

  • Shrewsbury Town Council wardens

A neighbourhood warden service which aims to tackle community concerns has been officially launched by Shrewsbury Town Council. The roles have been introduced by the Council in a bid to improve quality of life for people by providing a local responsive service in all residential areas.

Following a workforce restructure, three members of staff have been redeployed to take up these new roles in the North, West and Central areas of the town. Each warden has responsibility for their individual areas and works with local ward members, and in liaison with residents and other local stakeholders. The wardens are able to deal with local 'street scene' issues including litter, fly-tipping, graffiti, dog fouling, derelict sites/gardens, grounds maintenance and play areas. They are also able to give direct assistance to vulnerable residents, report outstanding issues and promote the involvement of young people in their local environment.

Councillor Alan Mosley, Leader of the Council said: "We are delighted that this scheme has come to fruition as one of our pledges following the local elections in 2013. We now have three excellent staff working as Neighbourhood Wardens responding to local needs on an individual and group basis where necessary. I'm sure that they will get to know the specific communities they are serving very quickly and they are already making an impact on the street scene and overall environment throughout our town."

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